Category Archives: 1970s Television

Kolchak: Two episodes

The Devil’s Platform “Palmer is evil incarnate! He’s going to go all the way to the White House, to the Oval Office!” Not one of my favorites, but I suppose it was inevitable in the immediate post-Watergate era. In brief, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: Firefall

I’ve always been fond of this episode, in spite of its flaws. It shows a certain originality in merging the phenomena of spontaneous human combustion with the ages-old myths and legends of the double spirit, fetch, or doppelganger; the only … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Legend of Lizzie Borden

Lizzie Borden took an axe Gave her father 40 whacks. When she saw what she had done, Gave her mother 41. Now that that’s out of the way, I must point out that most of the details in this famous … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Werewolf

Werewolf on a cruise ship (I know, I know, it’s serious) There’s a lot I really like in this episode, and one thing that really lets it down. But we’ll save that for later. After the usual introductory framing narration, … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Vampire

“This vampire didn’t come from Transylvania. It came from Las Vegas!” Although no one says so distinctly–probably for copyright reasons–this episode is a sequel to the original Night Stalker movie. Catherine Rawlins, the eponymous vampire, is another victim of Janos … Continue reading

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Kolchak: They Have Been, They Are, They Will Be…

This isn’t one of my favorite episodes; I usually skip over it on the DVD. But I’ll bet that Chris Carter, creator of The X-Files, likes it more than I do. He’s always attributed the inspiration for his own show … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Zombie

The second episode of Kolchak: The Night Stalker breaks away from the template established by the two made-for-TV movies that the show was based upon. And it’s educational as well! No exotic dancers, massage-parlor employees,  or anybody else dressed like … Continue reading

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Kolchak: The Ripper

Carl Kolchak (Darren McGavin, now and for always) is riding on an El train through Chicago and talking into his little pocket tape-recorder. Although his lip movements don’t match the narrative voice-over, this is what he says to get our … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Night Strangler

Both this movie and The Night Stalker are on the same DVD. I was originally planning to do both as one review, then cut it into two pieces at the last minute. After the enormous success of The Night Stalker, … Continue reading

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DVD Review: The Night Stalker

Now that I’m finished with Dark Shadows, I’ve decided to go on to another short-lived but influential series that began life as a Dan Curtis production and the movie that started it off. The Night Stalker, screenplay by Richard Matheson, … Continue reading

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